Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ice Cream Social Week: White Chocolate Copycat Ice Cream #IceCreamWeek

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It's funny, the kinds of things you get nostalgic for. How food can call up a certain memory, take you back to a certain place. With this ice cream, I was trying to do just that--call up the year 2006, early Fall, when I'd just arrived at Emerson College and was trying to find my way around the city with my roommates. Our block on Boylston Street (right next to the Common) had many great dining options, which was great because we soon found our dining hall to be "only okay" in terms of deliciousness. One night, just as a chill began to settle in, we quelled an ice cream craving with a trip to Coldstone Creamery.


I had never been. Back home, it was sacrilege to go to Coldstone. Why go to a chain when there was a plethora of locally-owned businesses with homemade ice cream? Locals even cheered triumphantly when a Coldstone storefront only lasted a year downtown before closing its doors. But we were hungry for sugar, it was dark, and the city was too scary to explore looking for a Mom & Pop type place. Coldstone became the short-term solution for a late night ice cream craving. Especially after I found a fully loaded gift card in a secondhand sweatshirt.


I only ever had one flavor, but that was all I needed. White Chocolate, with marshmallows mixed in. Since I got two free mix-ins, but only wanted one, I always just asked for rainbow sprinkles. This was my go-to ice cream. Whenever the drippy dining hall fro-yo became too much, someone would suggest the five minute walk to Coldstone and we'd all follow. A well-meaning new friend assumed I was simply a white chocolate lover and gave me a three pound slab of the stuff for my birthday--strangely enough, this was the only way I enjoyed white chocolate: in my indulgent little ice cream.

Imagine my horror when they no longer carried mini marshmallows for the mixing. My routine ruined, I pushed for frequenting JP Lick's, Emack & Bolio's, or, if we could handle the trek to Cambridge or Allston, the former Herrell's spots there. But I never found the exact combo again.

White chocolate ice cream, with mini marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles folded in, will always remind me of that first year of college. Now, I can happily make my own, when the feeling strikes.


White Chocolate Copycat Ice Cream
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 bag white chocolate chips OR 1 large Godiva white chocolate bar, broken into chunks
  • 1 overflowing cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles

-Over medium-high heat, cook cream, milk, and salt stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot.

(Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Place a large, clean bowl in the ice bath and fit the bowl with a fine-mesh strainer.) <--I always skip this step and things turn out just fine, btw.

-In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until well blended. In another bowl, place the white chocolate.

-Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Slowly temper the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly until there is enough liquid in the yolk mix to heat it. (most recipes say half the cream mixture, I simply do it until it is hot)

-Transfer the yolk mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture while whisking vigorously and return it to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula and scrape the bottom of the saucepan so it doesn't scorch, until the liquid begins to steam and the cream has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

-Immediately pour the hot custard into the bowl with the white chocolate. Let sit for a few minutes, then whisk vigorously until the white chocolate is melted and combined with the custard.

-Strain the mixture into the cold, clean bowl and refrigerate, stirring every 20 minutes for the first hour or so, then occasionally every hour after that (for me this means "when I remember to"--again, turns out fine). When the custard is cold, leave in fridge for an additional hour or preferably overnight.

-When you are ready to make the ice cream, transfer it to an ice cream maker and spin according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once ice cream has churned for the recommended time, pour in the mini marshmallows and the sprinkles. Churn until well combined.

-Pour the ice cream by the cup into your desired ice cream holder or eat immediately if you like it at thick-milkshake-consistency. Freeze overnight for more traditional ice cream texture.

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25 comments:

  1. Memoriiies :)

    I love that you recreated this favorite! I don't like white chocolate normally either, but I bet I'd love this!

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    1. It basically just amps up the sweet cream flavor. I love it.

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  2. i used to loooove coldstone! this sounds awesome.

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  3. I've never actually been to Coldstone, but you sure are making me want to go...

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    1. No no, go to a nice small mom n' pop... but make this at home ;)

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  4. I miss Coldstone! LOVED their white chocolate!

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  5. Yum! I've never had white chocolate ice cream before

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  6. I'm ashamed to admit that though I used to drive by Coldstone, I never stopped {hands head}. It's now gone and I'm kicking myself! This sounds so good...'specially w/ mini marshmallows :).

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    1. Don't be! It's better to give business to the little guys instead ;) Plus, even if they are still kicking around (they're all gone out here!) they don't have mini marshmallows OR white chocolate as options anymore. Sigh.

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  7. You know I don't think I've ever had white chocolate ice cream, mostly because I've never been crazy about white chocolate but I'm more open to it now. I think I'll need to give this a try!

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    1. It tastes more like a sweet cream base than anything, the white chocolate flavor is only apparent if you're looking for it. It'd be a great base for some mix ins!

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  8. What a wonderful memory and I love your flavor of choice. I bet mini marshmallows and sprinkles in white chocolate ice cream is pure perfection. I'll definitely have to give this a try.

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  9. Now, this is the ice cream my daughter wanted me to make this week...but I had already blogged about it...rats. It is one of our favorites...and yours with the sprinkles is so beautiful!!

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  10. Whoa I love the flavor combo here! You had me at rainbow sprinkles!

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  11. Ashley, this ice cream also sounds wonderful - white chocolate makes a delectable ice cream base and I simply adore your colorful sprinkles as the garnish - very pretty!

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  12. I've had the Cold Stone white chocolate and it really is good. This looks like a delicious recreation. And score on finding that gift card in a second-hand sweatshirt. That's like heaven to a college student.

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  13. This sounds yummy! I like Cold Stone, too and the one that you mentioned is the one I go to. However, there are plenty of Mom & Pop places south of the city that I go to when I'm at my dad's place.

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